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SURVIVOR SERIES FLASHBACK - 10 years ago (11-17-02): HBK wins Elimination Chamber, Show beats Brock in five minutes, Guerreros vs. Edge & Rey vs. Angle & Benoit

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WWE Survivor Series PPV Flashback - 10 years ago
Originally Published: Torch Newsletter #732


WWE SURVIVOR SERIES PPV REPORT
NOVEMBER 17, 2002
NEW YORK, N.Y. AT MSG
REPORT BY WADE KELLER, PWTORCH EDITOR


(1) Bubba Ray Dudley & Spike Dudley & Jeff Hardy beat Three Minute Warning at 11:22 in a tables elimination match. D-Von came out at the end to help Bubba eliminate Rico with a 3D to win the match. Good chaotic tables brawl. Nice spots by Hardy and Rosie in particular, although everyone kept the match moving. (***)

(2) Kidman pinned Jamie Noble (w/Nidia) at 7:10 to capture the WWE Cruiserweight Title. Good match. Kidman won clean with a Shooting Star Press. Well-paced, but not spectacular by any means. (**3/4)

Angle did a funny backstage bit with Benoit ending with Angle hugging Benoit.

(3) Victoria pinned Trish Stratus at 7:04 to capture the WWE Women's Title. Good intensity from Victoria. Strong selling by Trish. Nice effort from both although marred by some mistimed moves.(**)

Big Show told Eric Bischoff backstage he'll regret trading him to Raw.

Heyman told Brock Lesnar he will do everything in his power to be sure "my client" leaves the PPV WWE Champion. Not sure if Heyman meant to be over-the-top-obvious about it or not, but it seemed clear he was implying that his client might now be Big Show, not Lesnar.

(4) Big Show pinned Brock Lesnar at 4:23 to capture the WWE Title. Heyman yanked the ref out of the ring just as the ref was about to count a pin on Show. Show then came back with a chokeslam on a chair and scored the win. Lesnar got in some impressive suplexes on Show, who barely left his feet during the suplexes. (*)

(5) The Guerreros captured the WWE Tag Titles in a three-way elimination match with Edge & Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit at 19:18. If there's such a thing as a disappointing match that's still in the four star range, this was it. Very good match, but not what it could have been given more time and a stronger final few minutes. The crowd didn't seem to like that Angle & Benoit were eliminated first when Edge speared Benoit and scored a pin on him at 13:02. Rey tapped out to Eddie's finisher to end the match. (***3/4)

Christopher Nowinski walked out and insulted New Yorkers, calling them stupid. Matt Hardy then came out and said they're losers. They argued for a few minutes and then compromised on the term "loopid." Scott Steiner then walked out to his siren music. He beat both of them up, asked for the "f---in mic," then said his catch phrases and left. The crowd popped for him like he was a star and chanted, "Steiner, Steiner."

(6) Shawn Michaels outlasted Triple H, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Chris Jericho, and Kane at 39:12 to capture the WWE Title in an Elimination Chamber match. RVD and Booker T were the first two eliminated from the Chamber match. Kane and Jericho were next, leaving Triple H vs. Michaels. Jericho, Triple H, and Michaels all bled. They didn't do any huge spots in the match other than some bumps through the small chamber cage glass in the corners. RVD was the most innovative, as at one point he leaped toward the cage and landed on the side, grabbing the chains and sticking to the side like Spiderman. RVD ended up injuring Triple H with a frog splash that partially landed on his throat. Triple H had trouble breathing from that point on, but put in a great effort where it almost unnoticable that he was in pain. Triple H blocked a superkick attempt and then gave Michaels a Pedigree. Michaels kicked out. Triple H went for another Pedigree, but Michaels backdropped out of it and then ended up pinning Triple H after Sweet Chin Music. A good final few minutes. Good match overall, but not in the "must see category." Michaels didn't look like anything special in the match, so unless you were aware of his rep, his win wouldn't mean a lot. (***1/2)

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